Rajesh Kumar Bhatti (64) of Sector 45 here, who had gone to Kabul on a United Nations mission, was killed in a Taliban terrorist attack on a guest house in the Afghanistan capital on Wednesday night.
A retired Indian Audits and Accounts Service (IAAS) officer from the Punjab AG office, Bhatti was at the targeted Park Palace Guest House. He had joined the UN mission in January. His son, Lucky Bhatti, said a call from the Afghanistan embassy around 12.30 pm on Thursday informed the family about the tragedy.
He said the embassy official had told him the body would be sent to Delhi on Friday. The family is looking for the help from the local police to bring back the body but no one from the force has approached the family, so far. “The entire family was following television and media reports since it got to know about the incident,” said Lucky, adding: “We first called up at the Kabul hotel, but none of the lines were functional. I then tried the numbers of Indian officers and my father’s colleagues.”
The family tried to reach Bhatti on the Internet, since it knew that most Indians officers on the UN mission were staying at the hotel that had come under attack. After the call from embassy, the family was able to contact Rajvir Singh, another audit service officer and Bhatti’s colleague, who was on the mission.
“Dad’s mission would have got over in June,” said Lucky. Sector 34 station house officer Baljit Singh said the police had no official information about the death.